Skills_3The UK Defence Sector depends on a highly-skilled, educated and flexible workforce capable of innovating, designing, developing and supporting technically complex systems and advanced manufacturing processes.

Systems Engineering Masters Apprenticeship (SEMAP)

To address the shortfall in defence sector skills the DGP has created a new Defence Apprenticeship standard, which has been developed by industry, trade bodies and academia and will deliver the new standard for a Level 7 Apprenticeship (equivalent to a Master’s degree) in advanced system engineering. The first 86 students started the new Systems Engineering Master’s Apprenticeship Programme (SEMAP) in January 2016. The apprenticeship standard will attract new graduates to the industry as well as up-skilling the existing workforce. More details are available here.

Defence Enterprise Export Programme (DEEP)

The second Skills programme that was announced at DSEi 2017 and launched at Farnborough International Airshow 2018 is the Defence Enterprise Export Programme, which aims to grow existing skills in export specialists and deliver an additional pipeline of export talent to the UK defence industry. It consists of three strands; a Career pathway – which includes mentoring, a Secondment and Loan Model, and an Academic pathway. The final strand takes shape as an Executive MBA which has been developed in partnership with Cranfield University. See the August News Bulletin for all the details on the launch at Farnborough Airshow 2018.

Work is also on-going to support national programmes such as DSF in areas which are enablers to exports for both government and industry.

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